Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis ‘Ranch’ – American Black Elderberry – 2 – Gallon


Found at an abandoned late 1800’s homestead in Kansas. It’s quite compact, growing to about 5′ high and wide and is much more tolerant of drier soils than other elderberries which demand a quite rich, moist soil. Plant with another variety for best yields.


An informal shrub of moist woods, fields and roadsides that is useful for both humans and wildlife. The dome of frothy white flowers can be made into Elderberry Fritters (ask us for a recipe). The purplish-black, sugary berries are a favorite of birds – if you can beat the birds to them berries can be made into a jelly or juice, or frozen for use in pancakes or muffins. Folk herbalists use almost all parts of the plant for various conditions.


Updated 8 October 2023